HOW TO MENTALLY PUSH THROUGH HIGH REP SETS
When I first began working out in the gym, every single exercise I did were 3x10. I mean, what else was there right? But then I began doing a little research about sets and rep ranges and I began throwing in some 5x5’s… but never, did I EVER, venture past 10 reps… until I began working with a coach. In my training plan, my coach had me doing some sets of 12, 15 and even 20 reps! And although the weight was lighter than the load, would carry for 3-5 reps, I struggled with these WAY more.
There just seems to be something truly exhausting about carrying weight up and down slowly for 20 repetitions, and suddenly mentally counting past 10 can seem like the most difficult task in the world. This mental fatigue can lead to people giving up on a set long before their body actually wants to quit but there are a few little tricks I’ve personally figured out for myself that might help you out the next time your program wants you to venture past 10.
1. Count everything in small increments.
When I have 20 reps to do, it isn’t 20 reps. 20 reps is 2 sets of 10, which is 2 sets of five. So I just have to do 2 sets of 5 twice back to back! Yes, I realize this is literally just the same thing but I swear to god thinking about it this way manipulates your mind into thinking you are doing less.
2. Have your partner count your reps for you.
If you’re someone who works out with a buddy, ask them to count your reps for you and tell them not to start counting out loud until you only have 5 more left. That way 1) you won’t lose track of where you are and 2) you only have to focus on your movement.
3. Focus on your form.
When I begin working in high rep ranges, my biggest issue is that when I get to that “HOLY HELL I’M DYING” point, my form starts to break down pretty quick. When you focus on your form, you’re focussing less on how much longer your body will be under tension and I find the time goes by faster. Bonus: you get better results because #properform . (Just try not to lose count entirely)
How do you push through high reps?